Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage to produce pic; Jeff Roda scripting
Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage’s Fake Empire banner has secured film rights to Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas’ young adult novel “From What I Remember,” which Schwartz and Savage will produce for Fake Empire.Hyperion recently published the book, which will be adapted by Jeff Roda (“The Siege of Fulton Avenue”). Lis Rowinski, who oversees Fake Empire’s film business, and Fake Empire creative exec Jay Marcus brought in the project, which Amanda Brown will oversee for Paramount. Book follows a ragtag group of high school seniors who get stranded in Mexico and must find their way back over the border in time to make their graduation ceremony. Earlier this week, Paramount optioned the upcoming Little, Brown novel “The Diviners” for Fake Empire, whose first feature “Fun Size” hits theaters this October. Schwartz directed from a script by Max Werner, and he also produced with Savage. Fake Empire has several other pics in the works including “Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick,” “Let it Snow,” “The Luxe” and “The Likeness,” the latter of which will be written by Savage. On the television side, the company will have four series on the air in the upcoming season including new series “The Carrie Diaries” and “Cult,” as well as sophomore hit “Hart of Dixie” and the CW’s “Gossip Girl,” which is wrapping its run after six successful seasons. Roda, who worked on “Swingles” for Paramount, did the production rewrite on Universal’s “Pitch Perfect.” He’s also working with Stephen Metcalf to adapt “Final Cut,” Steven Bach’s account of the making of Michael Cimino’s “Heaven’s Gate.” Kramer and Thomas previously teamed on the novel “Karma Bites,” published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s. Kramer also writes for TV and film, having penned the Lindsay Lohan pic “Labor Pains.” She’s currently working on a feature project for Chernin Entertainment at 20th Century Fox. Thomas previously produced the HBO film “Subway Stories” and exec produced the award-winning Peter Fonda pic “Ulee’s Gold.” She also oversaw development on numerous projects for director Jonathan Demme, including “Philadelphia” and “Beloved.” WME represents Schwartz, Savage, Fake Empire, Thomas, Kramer and Roda, who is managed by 3 Arts Entertainment.